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Diabetes Experts

Diabetes Care Community is privileged to have the following Canadian leading health care professionals write blogs for our community.  These diabetes experts have been engaged for many years in helping people with diabetes lead healthier lives. Their blogs include ideas and advice for a healthy diet, self-management, medication and monitoring, physical activity and emotional support.

To access their blogs, just click on the name of the health care professional.

  • Cheryl Harris-Taylor

    Cheryl Harris-Taylor BSW, MSW, RSW is a social worker at Tridec at Women’s College Hospital. During her time in this position, she has become very involved in the psychosocial and behavioral issues of diabetes, helping a diverse population cope and adjust their lifestyle to be able to manage their diabetes. Ms. Harris-Taylor received her Masters of Clinical Social Work degree from the University of Calgary. After graduating, she worked in Calgary in Child Welfare and then moved to the Netherlands where she established her own private practice. Five years ago, she and her family moved to Toronto where she started work in hospital settings, first in psychiatry, then in the prenatal department, and later working with seniors, advocating for better services. Ms. Harris-Taylor enjoys challenges and stimulation in her life. One specific accomplishment was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2009.

  • Christie Hamilton

    Christie Hamilton is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with more than 20 years of experience. She works at the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes in Toronto where she helps people with type 1 & type 2 diabetes, as well as diabetes in pregnancy. Christie is a co-author of two diabetes self-learning manuals for the Canadian Diabetes Association, including a chapter about endurance training and type 1 diabetes. She has worked at several fitness centres as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, providing support and encouragement for participants. Christie has a passion for food and exercise and loves to share strategies to help others incorporate these into a healthy lifestyle.

  • Freda Leung

    Freda Leung is a consultant pharmacist who specializes in diabetes and geriatric medication management. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP), a Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) as well as a graduate from “Teacher of Adults Certificate Program” from Centennial College. Freda is also a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Communication; a facilitator to “Choices and Changes – Clinician Influence and Patient Action” and “Brief Action Planning”, programs developed for health care professionals to support self-management in people living with chronic health conditions. Currently she is a clinical pharmacist at The Scarborough Hospital GAIN geriatric clinic. Her other professional activities include: consultation to long term care homes on diabetes management; teaching continuing education programs at The Ontario Pharmacists’ Association and speaking on topics related to diabetes, geriatric medications and health behaviour changes.

  • Joanne Lewis

    Joanne Lewis, Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, is the manager of diabetes education with the Canadian Diabetes Association where she is responsible for the development of diabetes education tools for healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator working in both hospital- and community-based programs. Ms Lewis has collaborated in the development and implementation of professional diabetes education programs and has presented at local, national and international conferences on a variety of diabetes and chronic disease related topics and has served as an advisor and reviewer for professional organizations and journals.

  • Lori Berard

    As a registered nurse and a Certified Diabetes Educator, Lori Berard is the Nurse Manager at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg Diabetes Research Group Clinical Research Program, and a Faculty Member of the University of Manitoba Department of Medicine Section of Endocrinology.
    She currently specializes in the education and clinical management of diabetes patients within clinical research programs, and is active in the development of education programs related to innovative and new diabetes management therapies. Her research interests are in the areas of self-management education, barriers to adherence, insulin therapy and self monitoring of blood glucose.
    Lori has been a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association for over 20 years and continues to be a major volunteer in many capacities at both the local and national level. She was honoured with the Diabetes Educator of the Year Award in 2009.

  • Dr. Maureen Clement

    Dr. Maureen Clement, MD, CCFP is a family physician with a consulting practice in diabetes, in the interior of British Columbia. She has been actively involved with the Canadian Diabetes Association, and is Chair of the Clinical and Scientific section as well as past-chair of the National Advocacy Committee. She has been on the expert committee group and steering committee for the 2003 and 2008 CDA Clinical Practice Guidelines, involved in the following sections: Organization of Care, In-Hospital Management and Pharmacologic Management of Type 2.
    Dr. Clement is on the executive committee for the 2013 CPG’s and is lead author for: Organization of Care as well as contributing author for In-Hospital Management and Pharmacologic Management of Type 2.

  • Dr. Michael Sarin

    Dr. Michael Sarin is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of UK. He holds a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Diabetes Educator with the Canadian Diabetes Association. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and is currently Program Physician and Diabetes Educator for Cardiac and Diabetes Programs at the Toronto Rehab Institute.
    Dr. Sarin has been actively involved in the Canadian Diabetes Association for many years. He has made presentations to Diabetes Educators and has been a guest speaker at various Diabetes Expos in the GTA. He is a member of the committee currently developing the Diabetes Exercise Toolkit for patients and health care professionals. Dr. Sarin’s main areas of interest are patient education and empowerment, and management of chronic diseases caused by physical inactivity. He is the recipient of the 2009 “Health Professional of the Year Award” by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

  • Wendy Bordman

    Wendy Bordman graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 2004. Since then she has taken an interest in working with the pediatric population. She is currently the Retail Pharmacy Manager at the Hospital for Sick Children. Wendy’s other professional activities include speaking at The Pediatrics for Pharmacists conference held by Sick Kids Hospital. She has also been a guest lecturer in a pediatric course at the Leslie Dan School of pharmacy. In 2012, Wendy received her Certified Diabetes Educator designation and conducts many diabetes-related medication reviews for both adults and children. She has served as an advisor and reviewer for professional organizations and the pharmaceutical industry in the area of diabetes.